It’s Election Day, for those who wish to engage in the exercise of futility that is voting. Personally, I am not a fan of voting. If it mattered, the powers that be wouldn’t let us do it. That’s generally my position, but it isn’t necessarily true in local elections, where the Powers That Be don’t exercise nearly as much control. Let’s be real for a moment, though. The two party system in the United States meticulously selects your candidates for you, and it’s why amazing stories like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s get so much attention–when we have someone who bypasses the party apparatuses to create real change and momentum, it surprises us.
People keep asking me if I’m nervous about today. Nervous about my own election results? No. Que sera sera. I did everything that I could to promote my campaign in a positive light, trying to appeal to both Democrats because of my social progressivism and to Republicans because of my stances on gun rights, small government, and low/no taxes. I did everything I could have done. It’s out of my hands at this point, and I can say with certainty that I could not have done a better job–whatever the results are, I’m proud of what has happened, and I’m proud to have been a small part of it.
It seems a lot of people are expecting riots. Whatever the results, people are expecting riots over the presidential election. Is no one listening?
It’ll take a lot more than words and guns;
A whole lot more than words and muscle.
The hands of the many must join as one,
And together we’ll cross the river.
It’s time to stop dividing ourselves. The things that bind us are stronger and more numerous than the things that divide us. Division is the path of hatred; unity is the path of love. It’s not time for the election; it’s time to come together in love, peace, and harmony. It’s time to make the conscious, deliberate decision to make the world a better place.
Your enemies aren’t Republicans or Democrats. Your enemy is the state apparatus that is going to continue unimpeded no matter the election results. Did any aspect of your daily life change when we went from George W. Bush to Barack Obama? Did any aspect of your daily life change when we went from Barack Obama to Donald Trump?
As difficult as it is to face, the answer to these questions is “No.” The presidential election has zero impact on governmental policy. The wars continue. The police state continues growing. Minorities continue being murdered by police. ICE continues imprisoning people. The bombs continue falling around the world. The debt continues to grow. The health care system doesn’t improve. The wealth of the world continues filtering to the top. We all become poorer. Under Bush, under Clinton, under W., under Obama, under Trump… These things never change.
I fully understand your commitment to your team. I suggest only that your team is not committed to you, but is instead committed to the perpetuation of the evil it enacts locally, nationally, and globally. I feel like Old Benjamin in Animal Farm by George Orwell, trying to remind the animals that nothing changed when we went from being ruled by the farmer to being ruled by the pigs. Nothing ever changes because nothing is meant to change. The system they have built is far too robust to be stopped, changed, or halted by a single figurehead.
When a man reflects on the condition which France was in from the nature of her government, he will see other causes for revolt than those which immediately connect themselves with the person or character of Louis XVI. There were, if I may so express it, a thousand despotisms to be reformed in France, which had grown up under the hereditary despotism of the monarchy, and became so rooted as to be in a great measure independent of it. Between the Monarchy, the Parliament, and the Church there was a rivalship of despotism; besides the feudal despotism operating locally, and the ministerial despotism operating everywhere. But Mr. Burke, by considering the king as the only possible object of a revolt, speaks as if France was a village, in which everything that passed must be known to its commanding officer, and no oppression could be acted but what he could immediately control. Mr. Burke might have been in the Bastille his whole life, as well under Louis XVI. as Louis XIV., and neither the one nor the other have known that such a man as Burke existed. The despotic principles of the government were the same in both reigns, though the dispositions of the men were as remote as tyranny and benevolence.
— Thomas Paine, “The Rights of Man“
This lesson needs to be re-learned today. There are thousand despotisms in the United States. According to Forbes here, there are more than a hundred federal agencies overseeing you, ruling you, regulating you, telling you what you can and can’t do, and not one of these people was elected. They were all appointed. I would suggest that we are well beyond the point of “a thousand despotisms” and are probably at the point of “tens of thousands of despotisms,” if state and local unappointed bureaucrat rulers are included. The situation is dire.
If you really think that Trump has any authority over what the CDC is saying, or what the Bureau of Land Management is doing, or what the Defense Department is doing, or what the Federal Bureau of Investigation is doing, or what the United States Postal Service is doing, then you are hopelessly out of touch with reality. The President can appoint someone to “lead” these organizations, but nothing ever changes according to the leadership–how much impact did the controversial Betsy DeVos have on the Department of Education? I’ll give you a hint:
He was just providing a friend/supporter with a cushy job where her job was basically to “not rock the boat.” Her job, and the job of all these heads, is to keep the system going. It’s to make trivial changes that pander to the voter base but that don’t have any actual impact on anything. It’s the equivalent of opening a game of chess by moving a pawn to a3.
Stop responding by moving a pawn to h6.
Respond with a powerful e5.
Recognize their lies for what they are. See them for what they are. They are liars, thieves, warlords, and devils. They are unworthy of your support. Do not for a moment believe that they will change anything to make the world a better place. If they wanted to do that, they wouldn’t ever have secured the presidential nominations in the two most powerful political parties. They’ve agreed to play ball; they’ve agreed to perpetuate the system.
They are your enemy.
Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, or other–your enemy is not other voters. Your enemy is the state apparatus that exists solely to protect itself and ensure its survival, power, and wealth. Don’t lose sight of that. Other people who have been victimized, lied to, and deceived by this apparatus are not your enemy. Stay focused. You won’t reach them with riots and hate.
Reason with them. Show them how nothing changed going from a Democratic Congress to a Republican one. Show them how nothing changed going from a Republican president to a Democratic one. Show them how nothing ever changes. The state carries on, regardless of who is there. It continues its evil regardless of who is in office, because agreeing to continue the evil is what it takes to get into those positions in the first place, barring those remarkable stories like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s.
Your enemy is the deceiver, not the deceived.
So is it election time? Maybe. But, more importantly, it’s time to choose to focus on the enemy, and to refuse to allow them to divide us. It’s not time to choose between Biden or Trump. It’s time to choose between love and hate.